Dead puppies on Ukraine flight highlights need for Canada to stop mass importation of dogs
The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) is calling for action following a gruesome incident on June 13, in which dozens of puppies on a flight from Ukraine were found dead upon arrival.
Many of the 500 French bulldogs were also reportedly extremely sick or dehydrated when they arrived at Toronto Pearson Airport.
On Monday, the CKC released a statement in response to the horrific incident, calling for regulatory change on the mass dog importation into Canada.
The non-profit organization said that the large-scale importation of dogs and associated diseases are of "grave concern."
The Canadian Kennel Club issued a media release on June 22, calling for regulatory change on the mass dog importation into Canada, following news of the tragic loss of dogs on a Ukrainian flight that recently arrived in Toronto. More details here: https://t.co/Kv2DTfJLYe pic.twitter.com/FOXjAw9LMy— Canadian Kennel Club (@CKC4thedogs) June 24, 2020
"CKC continues to promote the benefits of obtaining a purebred dog from an accountable CKC member breeder," the organization wrote, also asking Canadians not to support any person or group that mass imports foreign dogs.
CKC says they're working with the Public Health Agency of Canada on the issue of mass importation.
The organization added that they recognize the need to import purebred dogs into Canada for certain purposes (e.g. breeding, competitions, as service dogs, to relocate pets), but that dogs must be properly immunized and examined prior to travel.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of the puppies from Ukraine.
The agency said in a statement that it will take "appropriate enforcement action" should any violations of IATA's import requirements be identified.
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